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Tag: Tournament Strategy

Three Tips For Remaining an Active Thinker at the Tables

Long, dry spells in poker can lead to a loss of focus. But staying alert at the tables is a must when it comes to maximizing your chances for winning.

Playing Pocket Kings or Queens When a Higher Card Flops

How do you play pocket kings or pocket queens in no-limit hold'em when a higher card than your pair flops? Neil Gibson has advice for how to proceed.

Developing Reads By Acting: Betting to Gather Information

While calling or checking doesn't force an opponent to reveal anything, betting or raising can work as a way to gather information about an opponent's hand.

Casino Poker for Beginners: This Time the Dealers Have Tips For You

For his "Casino Poker for Beginners" series, Robert Woolley asked poker dealers to share advice to new players sitting down to play for the first time.

Five Tips for Beating Small-Stakes Online Poker Tournaments

Matthew Pitt draws on his own experience in small stakes, large field online tourneys to provide five tips for turning a tiny buy-in into a handsome payoff.

Taking On the Donk Bet

The "donk bet" refers to a small postflop leading bet made to induce action, as a blocking bet, or for other reasons. Aaron Hendrix explains how to respond.

Five Reasons Why I Prefer Playing On My Own Dime

Carlos Welch considers the pros and cons of being backed or "selling action," and explains why he prefers to play on his own dime whenever possible.

Thinking Poker: How to Earn Money With the Worst Hands in Poker

Andrew Brokos explains a simple way to decrease the size of your losing poker sessions simply by learning how to endure a bad run of cards.

Hold’em with Holloway, Vol. 4: Punish the Satellite Bubble

PokerNews Senior Editor and WSOP bracelet winner Chad Holloway shares stories and strategies playing mid-limit poker in his series "Hold'em with Holloway."

Tournament Tips: Bet-Sizing When Raising Before the Flop

When raising before the flop in tournaments, whether to raise large or small is dependent on numerous factors.

Making the Transition from Cash Games to Tournaments

First-time live tournament players likely have lots of questions, and Robert Woolley has the answers in his new installment of "Casino Poker for Beginners."

To Defend Or Not to Defend? Facing a Preflop Raise from the Big Blind

Playing from out of position is generally not a good idea in poker, but sometimes it makes sense to defend your big blind against a preflop raise.

Factors To Consider When Calling Three-Bets in Position

Matthew Pitt discusses examples of when calling opponents' reraises with position can be a viable strategy depending on your read and other factors.

Five Common Mistakes Tournament Players Make with Short Stacks

Knowing how to play a short stack effectively a key skill in tournaments. Carlos Welch reviews five common mistakes tourney players make when short-stacked.

Hold’em with Holloway, Vol. 3: Throttle Back Before You End Up Punting

PokerNews Senior Editor and WSOP bracelet winner Chad Holloway shares stories and strategies playing mid-limit poker in his series "Hold'em With Holloway."

Blowing Your Stack: The Economics of “Best Stack Forward” Tournaments

"Best stack forward" tournaments have caused discussion both of their integrity and security. Darrel Plant crunches some numbers and offers some thoughts.

Small Opening Raises in Tourneys: When They Are and Aren’t a Good Idea

Nate Meyvis explains why players sometimes open-raise "2x" or the minimum preflop in tourneys, and why sometimes it is better to raise more.

Position is Power: The Importance of Position in Poker

There are at least three reasons why position is power in poker: you can gather more information, you can speculate more freely, and you can make more moves

An Introduction to Selling Action for Tournament Players

Josh Cahlik provides an introduction to "selling action" in tournaments as a way to lessen variance and/or take shots at higher stakes.